Top 10 Products to Make your Halloween Extra Spooky

We’re bringing you our best 10 Halloween resources to help you kick this holiday up a notch and make it the spookiest one yet. There are ghosts hanging from trees, carved pumpkins resting on porch steps, and mountains of sweets yet to be devoured. We hope these will help with all your Halloween plans – from planning parties and haunted houses, to crafting decorations and invites – and get the scene ready for the eeriest day of them all. Make use of them wisely and have a killer Halloween!

Dreadful – A Spooky Typeface

Dreadful Typeface is best used for headings, quotes, apparel design, invitations, posters, greeting cards, product packaging, and much more!

Black Magic

A spooky selection of textures, patterns and graphics to add some dusty, distressed chalk style to your darker designs!

Perfect all-year round for lovers of gothic style, witchcraft, magic, and old-skool spook, the pack also includes Halloween-specific designs for when everyone embraces a little more horror! Combining simple, linear styles as well as more detailed illustrations, this versatile set covers a range of spooky styles from sinister skulls to friendly ghosts.

Halloween Watercolor Collection

This big Halloween collection consists of high quality, hand painted watercolor graphics. Included are witch hats, pumpkins, broomsticks, banners and so much more. It’s perfect for DIY projects, cards, invitations, greeting cards, etc.

Kids Halloween Characters And Elements

A cute Halloween themed set of characters, lettering, patterns and templates for greeting cards. Using this collection, you can also create your own design: add your text, change the background as well as the composition of the characters! The illustrations and patterns are suitable for creating greeting cards, invitations, labels, stickers, posters, wrapping paper, banners, blog themes and so on.

Spooky Night – Halloween Set

The set of wonderful Halloween illustrations. We added carved pumpkins to the set as well as the cute ghosts, bats, candles, moon, trees and so on!

This set is a good choice for your Halloween projects and for decorating your celebration. These illustrations could look amazing as greeting cards, invitations, stickers, wrapping paper, party supplies, copybook covers, clothes, banners and a lot more!

Halloween Ink Pen Collection

Trick or treat your designs with these hand drawn, black and white Halloween illustrations.

Cute Halloween Collection

With this set, you will receive cute hand drawn witches, halloween elements, variations and different scenes, pre-made cards, 4 night backgrounds, and various solutions for using graphics…

Witchcraft Secret Graphic Set

This large set has dark, gloomy and strange illustrations, and patterns for the implementation of bold ideas and the presentation of dark sides.

12 Halloween Seamless Patterns

This is a set of vector Halloween seamless patterns in Orange, Yellow, Grey, Black and White. It’s perfect for greeting cards, wallpapers, pattern fills, web page backgrounds, wrapping papers and more.

Happy Pumpkins

This Happy Pumpkins Watercolor Collection includes pumpkins, wreaths, floral elements, frames, and more graphics for DIY designs. This set is just what you need for the perfect fall and Halloween projects, invitations, craft & DIY projects, paper products, party decorations, and much more.

We hope you have a spectacular Halloween, full of laughs and scares! If you found this article helpful and made use of one or more of resources, we’d love to know in the comments below.

Give Your Photos an Authentic Vintage Effect Look

WHAT WE’RE CREATING:

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to convert your regular photos into an authentic vintage outcome. We’ll look at a variety of aging effects, from texture application, to the necessary adjustments you’ll need to age your photos in a realistic way.

Let’s get started

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Follow along with this tutorial: Download the freebies

This tutorial is accompanied by a fantastic freebie pack, taken from this week’s deal, offering you a 1 year membership at SpoonGraphics for just $7.

To give you a sample of the 950+ items on offer, we’re giving away a free high-res ink brush set.


Step 1:

Start by downloading this lovely image of a vintage car:

Vintage Car Photo

This will be our base photo.

Now download the free high-res ink brush set using the form at the top of this page. You’ll need these brushes throughout the tutorial.

Step 2:

To start giving this image a more aged feel, we need to apply a couple of adjustment layers.

Start with a photo filter adjustment layer, using the following settings:

Photo Filter Adjustment Layer Settings:

Filter: Sepia
Density: 100%
Preserve Luminosity: Yes

Then apply a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer:

Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer Settings:

Hue: 0
Saturation: -30
Lightness: 0

Step 3:

Let’s start to mess up the image to give a more dated effect.

Create a new layer called ‘noise’ and fill your canvas with black.

Then go to filter>noise>add noise.

Noise Filter Settings:

Amount: 20%
Distribution: Uniform
Monochromatic: Yes

Then set this layer’s blend mode to ‘screen’. This will hide the black parts of your noise layer, and just give a subtle noise effect over your original photo:

Step 4:

Now, we’ll add a filter that isn’t often used by designers; the dust & scratches filter.

Duplicate your original photo layer and move this to the top of all your layers in your layers palette.

Go to image>adjustments>desaturate.

Apply a smart filter to this layer, so we can edit it non-destructively. Then go to filter>noise>dust and scratches. Use the following settings:

Dust & Scratches Filter Settings:

Radius: 50 px
Threshold: 50 levels

Now reduce this layer’s opacity to 70% and change it’s blend mode to ‘multiply’:

Duplicate your current dust and scratches layer. Then edit the filter, which we’re able to do as it was applied as a smart filter.

Reduce the ‘radius’ to 10 pixels, and keep the threshold at 50 levels.

Then change the layer blend mode from ‘multiply’ to ‘overlay’ and reduce the opacity from 70% to 20%.

Step 5:

Download today’s freebie, which is a fantastic high-res Ink Brush Set, taken from our current SpoonGraphics 1 Year Membership deal.

You can download the freebie using the form near the top of this page.

Sample a color from the image you’re working with. I sampled a nice brown/cream color (af9478).

Then apply a variety of the brushes over your canvas using large brushes from the set, at around 75% opacity.

Reduce this layer’s opacity to 50% and change it’s blend mode to ‘multiply’.

Step 6:

Create a new layer called ‘border’.

Open up your brushes panel and select one of the 10 ink brushes available in your freebie pack.

On the ‘brush tip shape’ settings area, you’ll see two black dots on each side of the brush cross hair (shown in the red circle).

If you drag these inwards, you can make your selected brush more narrow.

This is just what we want, as we’ll be creating a narrow border effect around our image:

Ensure that your selected narrow brush is black, and then paint in a border effect around the edges of your canvas.

Keep changing the angle of your brush as necessary to fit to the edges of this canvas area.

Then change this layer’s blend mode to ‘multiply’ and the opacity to 80%.

Step 7:

Create a new layer with a ‘multiply’ blend mode and around 15% opacity.

Apply a couple more markings using the ink brush set. Use a brown color to give a dirty effect:

Step 8:

We need to rough up our image a little more as it feels too clean currently. Bringing out the shadows more will obscure some parts of the image and make it look more worn, old and dirty.

Start by applying a black/white adjustment layer (use the default settings).

Set this layer’s blend mode to ‘linear light’ and reduce it’s opacity to 30%.

Then apply an Exposure Adjustment Layer, settings below:

Exposure Adjustment Layer Settings:

Exposure: -1.00
Offset: 0.0000
Gamma Correction: 1.00
Layer blend mode: Overlay
Layer opacity: 15%

Here’s the result:

Step 9:

Download this Worn Paper Texture Image and paste it into your canvas.

Desaturate the texture and resize it as so:

Now change this layer’s blend mode to ‘soft light’:

Step 10:

Download this great old stamp image. Extract it and paste it into the top right of your canvas:

Reduce the saturation of this layer using a hue/saturation adjustment:

AND WE’RE DONE

I really hope that you enjoyed this short tutorial. This vintage effect can be applied to almost any photo, and is really versatile. Have fun with it, and enjoy your freebies pack.

Enjoy this tutorial? You’ll love this week’s deal:

Using Decorative Vectors to Create a Tribal Composition

WHAT WE’RE CREATING:

In today’s tutorial you’ll be learning how to use some of the great resources available as part of our current deal:

1 Year’s Membership at SpoonGraphics (950+ Design Items) Just $7

We’ll be using the Illustrated Ornamental Vectors pack to turn a regular image of a woman into an intense, tribal queen composition. There’s a ton of great techniques to learn in this lesson, and if you’ve already grabbed this week’s deal, this is the perfect chance to put your new library of items to good use.

Let’s get started!

Step 1

Create a new canvas in Photoshop and import this image of the model on to the working area:

Model Image – faestock

Step 2

In this step we are going to create a tattoo along the jawline using the vectors pack taken from this week’s deal:

1 Year’s Membership at SpoonGraphics (950+ Design Items) Just $7

1) Open the vectors in illustrator. To identify each design identically, we have numbered each design by which it will be represented in the rest of the tut. Then select the design 1, then open the layers pallet and hide the color gradient of the vector. (We will be doing this for the rest of the tutorial, as we only need the line design of the vector.).

3) Now import the vector design on to the working canvas in Photoshop and place it as shown.

4) Now similarly using the designs “3,4,5,6” complete the jawline design as shown.

5) Now merge all the vector layers into a single layer. Then set the blending mode of the layer to Overlay and reduce the Opacity of the layer to 25%.

6) Duplicate the design and flip it horizontally. Then move it towards the right jaw and place it as shown. Erase the design overlapping on the hair and neck.

Step 3

In this design we are going to create a design pattern above the eyebrows.

1) Import the vector “4” on to the working canvas and place the vector over both eyebrows as shown.

2) Now import the vector “6” and place it by the previously placed vector as shown.

3) Then duplicate the vector6 and place it on the other eyebrow.

Step 4

In this step we will be creating a new vector design using the vector1 for the forehead center design.

1) Import the vector1 on to the working canvas and place it on the forehead as shown and set its blending mode to Overlay.

2) Now duplicate the vector1 layer and flip it horizontally in the same place and be amazed with the amazing new design.

Step 5

In this step we will work in detail on creating a custom design using the vector 3.

1) Import the vector 3 design on to Photoshop. Then duplicate it and flip the layer horizontally to create a new shape.

2) Now by using the Eraser tool (E) erase the unwanted design extending at the bottom as shown.

3) Now flip the design vertically. Then erase the unwanted lines within the design as shown, to make the design look clean and precise.

4) Now place the design at the glabella as shown and set its blending mode to Overlay.

5) Now by using the designs 3 and 4 complete the nose tattoo.

Step 6

In this step we are going to create the back and neck tattoo.

1) Import the vector 7 and place it on the back and transform it as shown on the back using the Move Tool (V).

2) Then set the blending mode of the back tattoo layer to overlay.

3) Now place the vector 4 on the neck as shown. Then erase the unwanted design overlapping on the hair.

Step 7

In this step we will be creating the shoulder tattoo using the vector 4.

1) Import the vector 4 on to the working canvas and place it on the shoulder as shown.

2) Now duplicate the vector4 layer and flip it horizontally to form a new design.

3) Merge the vector layers and set the blending mode to Overlay and erase the design past the shoulder.

Step 8

In this step we are going to make the eyes glow.

1) Create a new layer above the model layer and paint sky blue over the eyes as shown.

2) Then set the blending mode of the layer to Overlay. This will popup the eyes and makes them look magical.

Step 9

In this step we are going to perform a small makeover on the eyes of the model to make them look more dramatic.

1) Paint the color #591c1b around the eyes as shown. (Use digital pen tablet to get better result.).

2) Now set the blending mode to overlay to blend with the skin.

Step 10

In this step we are going to color correct the whole scene to blend together.

1) Create a new layer on the top of the layer pallet and paint the black bokeh along the corners of the scene.

2) Now create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer at the top of layers pallet and set the Saturation level to -51.

3) Now by using the Exposure adjustment layer set the Gamma correction level to 0.82.

Step 11

In this step we are going to create a gold headband on the model.

1) Import the image of the gold band and place it on the forehead as shown. Then by using the eraser tool erase the unwanted part of the headband overlapping the hair.

Headband – lilystox

2) Now create a Curves adjustment layer to the headband and set the RGB curves as shown.

3) Now create a shadow layer under the headband and add a Gaussian blur of Radius 4.7px.

4) Now by using the Move tool (V) transform the headband to make it look rounded to fit perfectly with the forehead of the model.

Step 12

In this step we are going to cover the center design of the headband using a gold texture.

1) Place the gold texture on the center design of the headband as shown.

Gold Texture – sxc.hu

2) Now by using the curves adjustment layer set the RGB curves of the texture as shown.

Step 13

In this step we are going to create a custom shape for the headband center design.

1) Place the vector 6 on the headband as shown at the center.

2) Now duplicate the vector and flip it horizontally to form our new center design.

3) Merge both the vector layers into a single layer and then duplicate the layer and set their blending mode to Overlay.

4) Now group the layers into a single folder and add an Exposure adjustment layer to the folder and set the Gamma correction level to 0.65.

Step 14

In this step we are going to add texture to the scene.

1) Place the image of the old paper texture on the top of layers pallet and set the blending mode to overlay.

Old Paper 1 – sxc.hu

2) Then similarly add another old paper texture to the scene add set its blending mode to Multiply and reduce its Opacity to 39%.

Old Paper 2 – sxc.hu

AND WE’RE DONE

You can view your final outcome below. We hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your feedback on the techniques and outcome.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to take a look at this week’s deal. The vector pack you’ve just worked with is just a TINY sample of over 950 items available to SpoonGraphics members. You can see the full membership benefits here:

1 Year’s Membership at SpoonGraphics (950+ Design Items) Just $7

Be sure to grab it while you still can though, as the deal will expire in a few days time.

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Convert a Personal Photo Into Authentic Pop Art

WHAT WE’RE CREATING:

In today’s Photoshop tutorial you’ll learn how to convert your regular photos into an authentic pop art outcome. The tutorial is accompanied by a fantastic halftone vectors pack courtesy of Go Media. You’ll use these halftone vectors as well as some great design theory to create a believable pop art outcome.

Time to go back in time and dive right in!

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Follow along with this tutorial: Download the freebies

This tutorial is accompanied by a fantastic freebie pack, taken from this week’s deal, offering you 1360 of Go Media’s best vectors.

To give you a sample of the main vector bundle, we’re giving away a free halftone vector pack.


Step 1:

Start by downloading this photo of an attractive young woman.

TOP TIP: This tutorial can be applied to any of your personal photos, so if you’d like to create a cool pop art style avatar, feel free to use another image:

Pretty Woman Photo (sxc.hu)

This will be our base photo.

Step 2:

Before we start working with our image, we need to plan some of the details of the pop art style we’re looking to recreate.

Whilst pop art is visually quite simple and striking, a lot of the authenticity of this effect lies in the finer details.

Start by creating a mood board of some famous pop art creations, to get an idea of the visuals within this design trend.

Some things that I identified were:

– Bold black outlines
– The black outlines varied in width, to give a more natural, handmade look. They weren’t uniform
– There are no straight lines in the outlines. Pop art is more fluid, rather than angular
– However, despite the fluidity of the trend, there are no rounded corners. The ends of shapes often form a sharp point, despite the main lines of the image being curved.
– The color palette is very bright, but also limited to just a few primary colors
– Usually the halftone textures popular amongst pop art are only applied over skin or specific areas of the image, with the majority of the image being comprised of solid colors

All of these observations are a great start for understanding the pop art style better.

I also created my limited color palette that I could use as a swatch reference palette whilst building up my image:

The colors are:

#fff000 (yellow)
#ffeef1 (skin tone)
#006db2 (blue)
#eb7e7c (red)

Step 3:

Create a new layer called ‘lines’.

Use the pen tool to create a path, starting around the girl’s shoulder. Remember, you don’t want anything too uniform, as we’re going for a bold, but handmade approach.

If you need any help mastering the pen/path tool then you should check out this helpful tutorial:

Become a Master of the Pen Tool in Under 30 Minutes.

One you’ve created a nice closed off path to form the start of a bold outline by the girl’s shoulder, go to your path’s palette and right click on your active work path. Click ‘make selection’ to turn this path into an active selection:

Fill your active selection with black. Now you no longer need your work path, so right click on it in the paths palette and click ‘delete path’.

Step 4:

Repeat Step 3, until you’ve created your entire outline.

Avoid the facial features for now, and focus on a main outline for your character, as well as some details of the hair.

Be attention to how each part of the outline flows into the next.

Once you’ve completed your outline you’ll most likely need to go in and refine it. Delete areas that don’t look right. Play around with varying outline width. Keep referring back to your mood board of images for visual inspiration.

Step 5:

Create a new layer beneath your main outline layer.

Use your pen tool to create a solid black shape where the girl’s clothes are:

Create a new layer called ‘hair’. Select the yellow color from our original color swatch.

Use a hard paintbrush to paint in this yellow color where the hair falls. Be sure to paint within the outlines you created. The outlines are on a layer above your ‘hair’ layer, so you can afford to be fairly rough. If you make a mistake, just erase or mask off the incorrect area.

Step 6:

By now you should be fairly familiar with using the pen tool to create outlines.

Create a new layer called ‘nose’ and create some basic shapes to construct the outline for the girl’s nose.

Do the same for the eyes (including pupils) and the eyebrows:

Step 7:

Now build up the eye details using multiple layers.

Follow this order:

– Add eye whites behind the eye outline layer
– Add the blues of the eyes above this layer
– Finally, add the whites of the pupils on a top layer

Step 8:

Similarly, start to build up the girl’s lips. Use the following steps:

– Create the black outline (deliberately make the lips fuller than in the original photo, as we’re going for a cartoon look here)
– Create plain white teeth underneath the outline layer
– Then create the solid red of the lips, using the shade of red from our color swatch

Step 9:

Now create a new layer beneath all your outline, facial detail and hair/clothes layers called ‘skin’.

Select the skin tone from our color swatch, and fill in all areas where the woman’s skin is showing:

Step 10:

Now, return to the form at the top of this page and access the freebie pack that accompanies this tutorial.

This pack contains 8 beautiful halftone vectors taken from our current deal:

Go Media’s Ultimate Vector Collection (1360 Meticulous Designs)

From this point on, you’ll need these halftones to complete the tutorial. It’s a fantastic freebies pack and we highly recommend you grab it, as well as checking out the full deal.

Step 11:

Open the halftone freebies pack and grab one of the halftones with a more uniform pattern.

Create a new document roughly 40px X 30px and scale down the halftone patterns to fill this area:

Now apply a color overlay blending option to this pattern layer, making it red.

Now hide the original background layer, leaving a transparent background, with just your red halftone showing.

Go to edit>define pattern and save this pattern as ‘pop art halftone’.

Step 12:

Duplicate your skin layer, and reduce the ‘fill opacity’ of the duplicate layer to 0%. Keep the main layer opacity at 100%.

Now apply the ‘pop art halftone pattern’ you just create in the previous step.

This will apply a great pop art looking pattern to your skin.

Step 13:

Now it’s time to focus on some of the finer details of our piece.

Start by grouping all layers linked to the eyes and eyebrows into a single layer folder.

Then use your transform controls to enlarge all of the eye layers, making the eyes slightly larger.

This helps establish a less realistic, more cartoon appearance:

Then, apply the halftone pattern you created to the lips and blues of the eyes:

Step 14:

It’s time to hide our original photo layer and start work on our colorful pop art background.

Ensure that you have a plain white background behind your woman.

Then paste in one of the halftone patterns from the freebie pack for this tutorial. Reduce it’s opacity to 10%, and have it as a beautiful watermark to the left of the woman:

Now create a yellow panel in the left of your canvas, and a blue panel in the right of your canvas.

Remember to use the color swatch from the start of this tutorial to define these colors:

Apply various other halftones from the freebie pack for this tutorial. This really helps add depth and detail to the piece, and the halftones fit perfectly with the pop art cartoon style.

Step 15:

Create a new top layer called ‘speech bubble’. Use the circular marquee tool and lasso tool to create a speech bubble selection. Fill it with white:

Apply a 3px, black inner stroke to your speech bubble shape. Also apply a sharp black drop shadow.

This helps fit the bold pop art look for this piece:

To complete the piece, add some thin text to the speech bubble, and type out a stereotypically retro message:

AND WE’RE DONE

I really hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. This pop art effect can easily be applied to your personal photos, and would be a fantastic way to liven up your Facebook page, and impress your friends and family. Have fun with the tutorial and enjoy the freebies pack.

Create a Zombie Themed Halloween Poster

WHAT WE’RE CREATING:

In today’s tutorial you’ll be learning how to use some of the great resources available as part of our current deal:

Go Media’s Ultimate Vector Collection (1360 Meticulous Designs) Just $25 – 93% Off

We’ll be looking at how to create an old worn looking horror movie poster. This tutorial uses both the “zombies” vector set, as well as the “blood drips” vector set, both taken from this week’s huge vector deal. We’ll be combining these vectors with some old rough paper textures and Halloween style typography to create a frightening movie poster.

Let’s get started!

NOTE: This tutorial was written by our community member Ben, from Ben Brush Design. The fact Ben offered to write this tutorial for you guys is incredible, and we highly recommend you checking out his site, where he offers awesome design tutorials and freebies. There’s some really great stuff over there.

Zombie Poster Tutorial

Step 1:

Open Photoshop and create a new 21.6 x 27.9cm document, at 300 DPI resolution.

Download this Lost and Taken Paper Texture and place it in the document.

Adjust the Saturation to -70 and the Lightness to +5.

Step 2:

Create a new layer called “Green” and fill it with colour # 7f9b68

Change the blending mode to “multiply” and the opacity to 80%

Step 3 :

Download the “Grunge Frames Vectors” from the freebies folder or use a similar one from your personal resources.

Select the entire layer using Select > All (Cmd+A) and copy the frame.

Create a layer mask for the layer “green” and paste the frame into it so it edges the entire poster.

Step 4 :

Now we’re going to dig into the ‘Zombies’ vector pack, available exclusively from Go Media.

You can grab this pack, along with 1360 quality vectors as part of our current deal. For the next week only, these vectors are available for a HUGE 93% off.

You can preview all 49 vector packs, comprising Go Media’s biggest vector deal ever, by using the link below:

Go Media’s Ultimate Vector Collection (1360 Meticulous Designs) Just $25

If you’ve grabbed these vectors already, you’re all set. If you haven’t yet, we can’t recommend them enough.

Open the Go Media Zombie pack and import one of the zombie heads as a smart object onto a new layer in Photoshop called “Zombie Head.”

Align the bottom of the zombie’s neck with the bottom of the poster.

Step 5 :

Option+click on the zombie head layer to select the zombie head.

Create a new layer and fill the selection with colour #9d9667 and change the Blending Mode to “multiply” and the opacity to 90%

Repeat this step adding another layer filled with colour #9d966 on top of the layer you just made. Change the Blending Mode to “multiply” again but this time change the opacity to 50%

Step 6 :

Stay on the top layer and with the zombie head selection still live go to “Select > Edit in Quick Mask Mode” or simply press “Q”

Once in Quick Mask Mode use a soft, round brush to paint in some shading on the face. The effect we are going to use will work best if there is lots of soft, semi transparent shading.

Anything painted red in this step will remain light green and what isn’t painted we will darken later.

Once you are happy with your shading we are going to convert it to a halftone pattern. To do this, remain in Quick Mask Mode and use the “Colour Halftone” filter (under Filter > Pixelate)

Set the Max Radius to 30 and all of the screen angles to 22.

This will render the shading into a halftone pattern.

When you exit Quick Mask Mode you will have a selection of the halftone shading.

While still on the top layer containing the green zombie head, use the paintbrush, or Edit > Fill option, to fill this selection with black #000000

Step 7 :

Create a new layer called “Shadow” and place it just below the “Zombie Head” layer. Select the zombie head shape again, and fill it with black.

Change the layers blend mode to “multiply” and the opacity to 90%

Apply a Gaussian Blur with a radius of 250 pixels to this layer to create a shadow behind the head.

Step 8 :

Next we want to add some colouring and details into the zombie’s head. Before we paint them in we will create a nice strong outline for the image by duplicating the original “Zombie Head” layer, and moving this copy above the halftone shading layer. Rename this duplicate layer “Zombie Head Outline”

Change the Blend Mode to “darken” This will hide the white and make the outline nice and dark.

Make a new layer below “Zombie Head Outline” called “Teeth, Eyes, Blood”

Use a brush to paint the teeth and eyes white.

Use some rough textured brushes to paint in blood on the face using Red #a00a0e

Make a layer group called “Zombie Head” and put all of the layers that make up the head into it.

Add a layer mask to the group and use a rough black paintbrush to mask off the zombie neck.

Step 9 :

Import the group of zombie silhouettes from the Go Media Zombie vector pack onto a new layer called “Zombies.”

Add a layer mask and use the gradient tool to mask off the bottom of all the zombies, giving them a more ghost-like appearance.

Step 10 :

Download the font  You Murderer and add your text across the top in the blood red #a00a0e

Add a rough black stroke behind the text. I used a free brush strokes set from Spoon Graphics: Vector Bumper Pack

To create a little drop shadow effect create a layer mask on the black stroke layer. Copy the text you just typed out and paste it onto the layer mask slightly below and to the side of the original text.

Download the ‘Blood Drips’ vector pack from our current Go Media Ultimate Vector Collection Deal (93% Off)

Set the vectors to red (#a00a0e) and import them into Photoshop. Place them just under the lettering.

Step 11 :

Grab the font Feast of Flesh and add some extra lettering to your design. I added another “Blood Drip” as an underline here.

Step 12 :

Next we want to add a final bit of aged paper texture to really make the poster look worn and grungy.

Download this Paper Overlay Texture and put it on a new layer on the very top.

Adjust the saturation to -100 and the lightness to -10

Change the Blend Mode to “multiply” and the opacity to 80%

AND WE’RE DONE

You can view your final outcome below. We hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your feedback on the techniques and outcome.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to take a look at this week’s deal. The vector packs you’ve just worked with are just a TINY sample of the 1360 beautiful vectors available as part of Go Medias ultimate vector collection. You can preview all 49 vector packs via the link below, although the deal is ending soon, so you’ll need to act quickly to grab them at a 93% discount.

Go Media’s Ultimate Vector Collection (1360 Meticulous Designs) Just $25

Create an Authentic Looking Pirate Treasure Map.

WHAT WE’RE CREATING:

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Today’s tutorial is a whole load of fun, and will show you how to create a pirate themed treasure map in Photoshop.

We’ll be using some really creative items from this week’s deal, including a set of isolated paper textures that are the best I’ve ever seen:

The Ultimate Scrapbooker’s Selection (800+ Lovingly Crafted Items) Just $24

We’ll cover a range of techniques, including some professional blending tricks of the trade, as well as some lovely texturing and lighting techniques.

Let’s get started!

Treasure Map Tutorial Tutorial

Step 1:

Create a new document in Photoshop (800X800px).

Download a wood texture photograph and paste it into your canvas.

Here are a couple of nice textures to work with:

Wooden Wall Texture

Wooden Barn Texture

Now apply three adjustment layers to help make the wood texture darker:

Exposure Adjustment Layer Setttings:

Exposure: -2.41
Offset: -0.0026
Gamma Correction: 1.00

Levels Adjustment Layer Settings:

14 / 1.00 / 241

Color Balance Adjustment Layer Settings:

Midtones: +11/0/-12 (preserve luminosity)

Create a new layer called ‘vignette’ and set this layer’s opacity to 60% and it’s blend mode to ‘multiply’.

Use a soft black paintbrush to paint around the corners and edges of your piece:

Step 2:

Now it’s time to download one of the awesome isolated paper textures available as part of this week’s deal.

This particular texture is part of Wings Art’s contribution to our ultimate scrapbooking selection. If you’ve already purchased the bundle you can access this texture by going to Wings Art > Antique Papers > Clean Texture.

These textures are fantastic, as they’ve been isolated to a plain background, and retain their edges, unlike the majority of textures you’ll find. This means that as in this tutorial, you can use the textures as stand alone papers, not just overlays or backgrounds.

I highly recommend that you take a look at the 800+ incredible creative items in this week’s bundle:

The Ultimate Scrapbooker’s Selection (800+ Lovingly Crafted Items).

It’s jam packed with value, as well as resources that we’ve loved using in our own works. Take a look, and if you feel it will genuinely benefit your work, we hope you’ll grab it at a significant discount.

Now, back to the tutorial!

Paste in the ‘Clean Texture’ into your canvas. Apply a subtle black drop shadow and black outer glow effect, to give the impression of the paper sitting on top of the wooden surface:

Step 3:

Download this fantastic free maps brush set:

Photoshop Maps Brush Set.

Create a new layer called ‘maps’ above your paper texture layer, and apply one of the maps using a black paintbrush. Be sure to give this layer a clipping mask, so that the map clips to the shape of the underlying paper.

Now apply a regular layer mask to your ‘maps’ layer. Use a rough, black paintbrush to mask off the edges of the map area, so it appears to fade into the paper.

Then reduce the opacity of your maps layer to 62% and change the layer blend mode to ‘multiply’.

Step 4:

We genuinely love using items from our deals in our work all the time.

This time, we’re going to use an item from our recent Go Medla Ultimate Vector Collection.

This deal is expired, but you can still grab a 15% discount across Go Media’s store as part of our new perks section. Click here to check out the perks section now.

We’re using a blood splatter from the ‘Blood Drips’ vector pack (this is in mega pack 10 if you managed to grab that deal).

Tint the vector red, and then paste it into your canvas. Apply a clipping mask so that it clips to your paper texture shape.

Reduce the opacity to 85%, and change the layer blend mode to ‘multiply’.

To knock the sharpness out of the blood mark, apply a 4 pixel strength motion blur.

Step 5:

Download this fantastic image of a gold coin.

Extract it from it’s background, and paste it over the bottom right of your treasure map.

We need to work to blend the coin a little better into the scene.

Apply a black drop shadow and outer glow blending option. Play around with the settings until it looks realistic.

Also apply a hue/saturation adjustment layer, with a clipping mask so that it only effects your underlying coin layer. Reduce the saturation of your coin to -20 to blend it better with the surrounding scene.

Repeat this technique to add two more coins to your scene:

Step 6:

Time to start building up some more cool pirate details!

Repeat the techniques used to apply the blood stain to the map, and use a couple of smaller blood splatters to form an ‘X’ shape. Place this in a suitable place on your map.

Now pause for a second and exclaim loudly “X marks the spot! YARRR!!!!!”

We’re getting into the pirate mood now, so it’s time to download this image of a golden dagger.

Extract it from it’s background and paste it into our canvas like so:

You know the drill by now – drop shadow and outer glow effect, to give the impression our dagger is sitting on top of the map surface:

As pirates tend to be a violent bunch, unlike us designers, you should apply another blood splatter, positioning it on your dagger blade.

Use a clipping mask to ensure it is clipped to the dagger blade shape.

Then set it’s opacity to around 75% for a nice effect:

Step 7:

Download this great image of a compass.

Extract it and paste it into your canvas:

Apply a drop shadow and outer glow effect to your canvas. This will need to be more intense than on some of the other elements, as the compass is a larger object, and so will be causing more intense shadows:

Now we want to make the compass more golden in color, to fit with the wider composition.

Apply a hue/saturation adjustment layer and color balance adjustment layer, being sure to give each a clipping mask to your compass layer:

Here’s the result; a nice golden compass.

I actually masked off the adjustment layers over the golden ring area of the compass, as the coloring on this was already perfect.

Step 8:

This piece is coming together nicely, but now it’s time to add some extra creative blending!

Often it’s the subtle details that can really make a piece.

We want to give the impression of a pirate looking down on the map. Given that several of the items are reflective, we want to have the pirate’s reflection captured in their surfaces. This is a very subtle effect, but can work wonders!

Start by downloading this free image of a pirate.

Desaturate the photo and paste it into your canvas. Position it above your compass + compass adjustment layers and be sure to use a clipping mask to fit it to the compass shape:

Now reduce this pirate layer’s opacity to 20% and change it’s blend mode to ‘overlay’. Bam! Instant realistic, subtle reflection, adding plenty of depth to our glassy compass surface!

Step 9:

Repeat this pirate reflection technique, applying it over your dagger blade and gold coins.

Even if the reflection isn’t very noticeable, it will make these surfaces a little less perfect, and make them feel more like a cohesive scene:

Step 10:

It’s time to start lighting our image, which should really help to bring the various elements together.

Create a new layer called ‘dodge/burn’. I’m going to show you a neat trick for dodging/burning your images in a non-destructive way!

Go to edit>fill and fill your canvas with 50% gray. Then change this layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’. This will hide your 50% gray fill, but allow you to dodge/burn on this layer and have it effect your underlying composition in a non-destructive way.

Begin using the dodge and burn tools to accentuate the light and shadow in your piece, and try to work to tie things together.

Here’s a look at the dodge/burn layer at ‘normal’ blend mode:

And here’s a look with the layer correctly set to ‘overlay’ blend mode:

Step 11:

To add further lighting to the scene, create a new layer called ‘vignette’.

Use a soft black paintbrush to brush shadows around the corners and edges of your piece, bringing the attention towards the center.

You can also apply a nice lens flare effect, reflecting off of the glass surface of your compass:

Step 12:

To complete your piece, we’ll add some final adjustment layers (settings below):

Gradient Map Adjustment Layer Settings:

Black-white default gradient map
Layer blend mode: Multiply
Opacity: 15%

Gradient Map Adjustment Layer Settings:

Purple-orange default gradient map
Layer blend mode: color
Opacity: 8%

Black+White Adjustment Layer Settings:

Default black+white adjustment layer settings
Layer blend mode: linear light
Opacity: 9%

Photo Filter Adjustment Layer Settings:

Warming Filter 81
Layer blend mode: normal
Opacity: 50%

And here’s the final result:

AND WE’RE DONE

You can view your final outcome below. We hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your feedback on the techniques and outcome.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to take a look at this week’s deal. The isolated paper textures you’ve just worked with are just a TINY sample of the 800+ incredible creative resources as part of our Ultimate Scrapbooker’s Selection. You can preview everything included via the link below, although the deal is ending soon, so you’ll need to act quickly to grab them at a 88% discount.

The Ultimate Scrapbooker’s Selection (800+ Lovingly Crafted Items) Just $24

Enjoy this tutorial? You’ll love this week’s deal:

Create a Cute Photo Collage Using a Free Frames Pack

WHAT WE’RE CREATING:

In today’s free design lesson you’re able to download a fantastic freebie pack containing some doodled, quirky frames taken from this week’s deal. I’m going to show you how simple it is to use these frames to make your personal and family photos much more interesting, as we create an incredibly cute baby photo collage.

It’s time to get broody, as we kick off another Design Cuts training lesson:

devilwoman

Follow along with this tutorial: Download the freebies

This tutorial is accompanied by a fantastic freebie pack, taken from this week’s deal, offering you 800+ lovingly created digital scrapbooking resources.

To give you a sample of the main bundle, we’re giving away a free quirky doodled frames pack.


Step 1:

Start by opening up Photoshop and creating a new document dimensions 800X900px.

If you’ve grabbed this week’s deal The Ultimate Scrapbooker’s Selection (800+ Lovingly Crafted Items) – 88% Off, this is the perfect time to put your new items to good use.

If you haven’t grabbed the deal, we highly recommend it, although you can find substitute items to follow along with this tutorial by browsing around online.

Access your Fish Scraps folder and open up your folder of Birch Paper Textures. Paste the first texture from the folder into your canvas, and reduce it’s opacity to around 30%:

Now apply another one of the textures, this time at 25% opacity. This should create a nice layered feel:

Step 2:

Be sure to download the awesome quirky doodled frames pack from the top of this page.

It’s totally free, and gives you a great sample of some of the items from this week’s deal The Ultimate Scrapbooker’s Selection (800+ Lovingly Crafted Items) – 88% Off.

Paste one of the frames into the top right of your canvas:

Apply the following blending options to this new ‘frame’ layer, in this order.

Color Overlay Blending Option:

Blend Mode: Normal
Color: 564738
Opacity: 100%

Outer Glow Blending Option:

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 75%
Color: ffffff
Spread: 5%
Size: 7px

Drop Shadow Blending Option:

Blend Mode: Multiply
Color: 000000
Opacity: 25%
Angle: 120 degrees
Distance: 5px
Spread: 0%
Size: 4px

Here’s the result:

Step 3:

With your frame layer selected, use your magic wand tool to click in the center of it, and select the space within the frame.

With this selection active, create a new layer and fill the selection with white (or any color).

Now grab a lovely family photo to fill the frame. For the purpose of today’s tutorial I’m selecting some very cute baby photos. Of course you should use your personal family photos if possible.

Paste the photo above your white fill layer, and then apply a clipping mask, so that the photo crops to the shape inside your doodled frame. Resize it accordingly to make a good fit:

Step 4:

Repeat this technique, adding more frames and filling them with more photos.

Don’t forget to apply the correct blending options to each frame layer.

Step 5:

Now download the awesome free font Fortunaschwein.

Apply some relevant text beneath your photo frames.

Step 6:

Now create a new layer beneath your frames/photos layers and text layer.

Again, if you have managed to grab this week’s scrapbooking deal, you can apply a range of designs from the packs to add detail and lovely visual touches to your background.

This is just a tiny sample of the 800+ items included in this deal, but shows how charming and creative they are.

AND WE’RE DONE

I really hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. This charming collage effect is a really effective way to make your family photo albums more interesting, and is sure to impress people you show it to. Have fun with the tutorial and enjoy the freebies pack, and please let us know if you create your own version, we’d love to check it out.

Enjoy this tutorial? You’ll love this week’s deal:

Cut the Time, Stress and Expense From Your Design Work.

What a great start for the Design Cuts community! Over 1800 talented creatives joined our launch event and it was truly inspiring to see their design work progress over the 10 days.

If you watched any of the videos you will have seen that this launch event was just the start.

From today, we want to be making a serious impact in your design career. We want to save you time, reduce your design related stress and save you money. Most importantly, we want you equip you with some of the best design tools and resources in the world to take your work to the next level.

We have plenty of great stuff to come, including regular training, freebies and general creative geekiness.

To get started, check out the following links:

1. Learn more about Design Cuts and how it will benefit you

2. Check out the hundreds of freebies we’ve put together for you.

3. Take a look at our first deal. We love it, and we’re sure you will too.

We’re Giving Away a Free Kindle Paperwhite (Plus Blurred Backgrounds for Every Commenter)

What an incredible first month with Design Cuts. We’re still taken aback by how awesome our community are.

Seriously, regardless of deals or design resources, it’s our community that we’re most excited about.

There was Felice who created a vector version of our team, which we’re now using across our downloadable materials.

There was Ben who wrote not one, but two awesome tutorials for us, which have been enjoyed by thousands of creatives.

There was Mireille, Victoria and Meg who were filling our Facebook page with their beautiful creations, inspired by our regular tutorials and training.

And of course there were the hundreds of you who have left comments, sent emails and generally reached out to us over the past few weeks. So many of you have taken the time to email us just to let us know that you love what we’re doing. Others have emailed to say how much their new resources are helping them and/or their company. Many more have shown us a huge progression in their design work.

It’s this stuff that matters to us, and has us running up and down the office high fiving each other and grinning like idiots. So please keep it coming :).

Today, we wanted to give you guys a little thank you for making our first month so great. You see, we recently crossed over $250,000 in total community savings, which is a milestone we never expected to reach so early.

To celebrate, we’ve decided to give out some prizes. We will do this every time we hit a major milestone, and with each milestone we hit, the prizes will get bigger and bigger.

Today, we’re giving away a brand new Kindle Paperwhite (check out the lovely image below). This is for when you need some downtime away from the pixel-pushing, and it’s a product we and our families love.

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment to this post, telling us what you honestly think about Design Cuts. It can good, bad or indifferent, so long as it’s honest. We’d also really appreciate any and all suggestions on how to make the site better, and how to best help your design work.

This isn’t some tactic for us to grow our community, you’re already our community. This is just a little thank you from us to you.

As an extra thank you, every single person who comments will get a cool pack of blurred background designs that I put together earlier this week. These aren’t available anywhere else. Just be sure to leave your correct email along with your comment, and I’ll personally email them over to you. Who knows, hopefully we can have a chat about design, and I can check out your work!

This pack contains 6 blurred backgrounds, each at 5000px wide. Perfect for web/print design!

IMPORTANT (but boring) stuff:

– We’ll be announcing the Kindle winner Friday 8th November. (There will be one winner, selected at random on Friday 8th November, 4PM GMT time zone)
– Only one entry/comment per person please
– No Design Cuts staff or family of staff can enter (Darren, I’m looking at you!)
– I will email every commenter a copy of the blurred backgrounds pack. Please be patient, as we’re getting so many comments it may take me a while. :)

Good luck, and thanks again for an incredible first month!

– Tom, Matt and Darren (The Design Cuts Team aka The Creative Geeks)

PS: Happy Halloween! We hope you’re working on some spooky designs.

The Kindle Paperwhite Winner

Last week we ran a Kindle Paperwhite giveaway as a little thank you to you; our awesome community. We were also celebrating having collectively saved you guys over $250,000, which is a huge milestone.

There is no way we could have expected to receive over 300 incredible comments on that post. Thank you so much for your thoughtful suggestions, incredible feedback and general support, it means the world to us! I have personally emailed everyone who commented a set of free blurred background designs, and it’s been great to see many of you using them in your projects already.

I should apologize, as I was meant to announce the winner yesterday, but was rushing out to the airport with my girlfriend and her family, to celebrate her grandma’s 75th birthday in Austria. Here’s a picture of me heading out the door, kindle in hand!

So, without further ado…

The winner of our first giveaway is Katie Elwell.

Congratulations Katie! We’ll be in touch soon with details of how to receive your brand new Kindle Paperwhite.

Again, I can’t thank you guys enough for making our first month so fantastic. We have some really big plans for Design Cuts and will continue working crazy hours to bring you guys deals that will truly help your projects.

We also want to keep getting to know as many of you as possible. Please email us anytime to share your work, or connect with us on social media:

Connect with us on Facebook

Connect with us on Twitter

– Tom, Matt and Darren (The Design Cuts Team aka The Creative Geeks)

Using Textures on Photos for an Authentically Vintage Look

WHAT WE’RE CREATING:

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to use textures to build up an authentic vintage outcome. You’ll learn how to correctly manipulate and blend textures to achieve the best effect, as well as learning how effective it can be to layer up multiple textures and layers for a more unique outcome.

Let’s get started!

Follow along with this tutorial: Download the freebies

This tutorial is accompanied by a fantastic freebie pack, taken from this week’s deal, offering you 270 of 2 Lil Owls best textures for just $20.
To give you a sample of the 270 textures on offer, we’re giving away 5 beautiful masked textures.


Step 1:

Start by downloading this image of two elderly musicians playing together.

Open it up in Photoshop. Resize the image to 1000px width.

Elderly Musicians

This will be our base photo.

Step 2:

Apply a black/white adjustment layer to desaturate your photo in a non-destructive way.

Create a photo filter adjustment layer, and apply Warming Filter 81. Use the following settings:

Photo Filter Adjustment Layer Settings:

Filter: Warming filter (81)
Density: 60%
Preserve Luminosity: Yes
Layer Opacity: 100%

Step 3:

Download the free texture pack available at the top of this page. This includes 5 beautiful 2 Lil Owls textures, not available for free anywhere else.

You will need these textures to follow along with the rest of this tutorial.

Download the free texture: Creative Masks 2 Set – Texture 3.

Paste it into your canvas and resize it to fit.

Now change this texture layer’s blend mode to ‘screen’. This will hide the black parts of this layer, just letting the lighter details show up. This will naturally lighten your image, but will give a lovely effect of the markings, scratches and creases enhancing your image, giving it a vintage appearance.

Step 4:

Return to your free texture pack (again, you can access this at the top of this page).

Select the beautiful texture Creative Masks 2 Set – Texture 8.

Paste it into your canvas, and resize it accordingly:

Again, set this texture layer’s blend mode to ‘screen’. This will hide the black parts of the logo, but still show the lovely vintage detailing.

TOP TIP: When working with 2 Lil Owls textures it’s really effective to layer up multiple textures to build up your desired outcome.

Step 5:

Repeat the same texture used in steps 3 and 4, to apply Creative Masks 2 Set – Texture 20 from your free texture pack:

Step 6:

By applying the screened textures the image is looking more vintage and damaged, but it’s also looking too light.

To fix this, apply an exposure adjustment layer, using the setting below:

Exposure Adjustment Layer Settings:

Exposure: -0.87
Offset: +0.0759
Gamma Correction: 0.66

You can see that these exposure settings taken a lot of the brighten out of the image, which is appropriate as we’re trying to achieve a more vintage effect.

Now apply a levels adjustment layer using the settings below:

Levels Adjustment Layer Settings:

11 / 0.85 / 255

This will help to darken your image and enhance the weathered, vintage look:

Step 7:

Time to add some more lovely textures to our image, to build up the vintage effect even further.

Access your free textures pack (taken from the top of this page).

Paste the Creative Masks Set 2 – Texture 29 into your canvas and resize accordingly:

Rather than setting this layer to ‘screen’ mode, we’re going to try a different effect.

Change the layer blend mode to ‘hard light’ and reduce it’s opacity to 13%.

Step 8:

To apply a final vintage touch, we’re going open the final texture from today’s freebie pack.

This texture is taken from the awesome Transfers pack, available as part of our current 2 Lil Owls Texture deal.

Paste the Transfer Texture Collection – Texture 1 into your canvas:

Change this layer’s blend mode to ‘soft light’ and reduce it’s opacity to 50%:

Step 9:

Congratulations! You’ve just achieved a really authentic looking vintage effect.

Now…. what if you want to apply this vintage effect to more than one photo?

Well, because all of the techniques in this tutorial have been non-destructive, it’s actually incredibly easy.

In the image below you can see the layer arrangement. I really advise downloading the freebies from the top/bottom of this page, as we’ve included the Photoshop source file for this tutorial. This is a really easy way to follow along and edit some of the effects yourself.

In your layer order you can see ‘Photo 1’ selected. To apply the same vintage effect to alternate photos all you need to do is paste them into your canvas and ensure that the new layer is positioned beneath all of your adjustment/texture layers.

You can see in the image below where layers ‘Photo 2’ and ‘Photo 3’ are positioned:

Step 10:

I was apply to apply the same vintage effect to these additional photos in 5 seconds flat.

Garden Flowers Photo

Cute Kitten Photo

AND WE’RE DONE

I really hope that you enjoyed this short tutorial. This vintage effect can be applied to almost any photo, and is really versatile. Have fun with it, and enjoy your freebies pack.

Apply Textures to Multiple Photos Using Photoshop Actions

WHAT WE’RE CREATING:

We’re all agreed that textures can add depth and beauty to our photography and design work. However, what if you want to apply them to multiple photos, or even an entire photo album?

Luckily, using Photoshop we can apply textures to as many photos as we want in seconds, by using Photoshop Actions and Batch Production.

This isn’t as intimidating as it sounds, and I’ll walk you through the basic steps needed to achieve multiple texture application.

We’ll be using one of the incredible textures from this week’s deal:

2 Lil Owls Extensive Texture Bundle (270 Textures) – 93% Off

Let’s get started!

Treasure Map Tutorial Tutorial

Step 1:

If you’ve grabbed the 2 Lil Owls texture bundle, then you can open it up, and select a suitable texture.

I’m using the Carnevale 2 texture, from the Carnevale Fine Art textures pack.

Here’s a look at the texture we’ve just opened:

Step 2:

With your texture document open, go to edit>define pattern.

Name your pattern and click ‘OK’.

Step 3:

Locate a folder containing the photos that you want to apply your texture to.

In this case, I downloaded the following images of flowers and placed them in a folder, containing only these images:

Dandelion Flower

Pink Flowers

Orange Flowers + Butterfly

Open up the first photo within Photoshop.

Step 4:

Time to start creating our action.

Go to windows > actions.

When the actions panel pops up, click on the icon to ‘create new action’.

Name your action something relevant. I went with ‘flowers-texture’ and then hit ‘record’.

Step 5:

With your action now recording, go to your layers palette and click on the icon for ‘create new fill or adjustment layer’.

Select ‘pattern’ from the list of adjustment layer options:

When the patterns box pops up, your newly created pattern should be active automatically.

Adjust the scale if necessary. I shifted my scale to 36 to fit the canvas better. Click ‘ok’ to apply the pattern layer.

To make the effect work best, you should ensure that the photos in your photo album are all similar size.

Step 6:

On your pattern layer, select the layer blend mode to ‘overlay’.

Then reduce the opacity of this texture layer until you’re happy with the result. I reduced it to 60%.

Here’s the result of the texture application:

Step 7:

With your action still running, go to image > save as and save the image within your original photo album folder. It will most likely save as a ‘copy’ of the original, rather than trying to over-write it. This is fine, as you will retain the original photo.

Once you have saved your textured version of the photo, return to your actions panel and click the ‘stop’ icon, to complete your action.

Step 8:

Now we want to apply our new action to our entire photo album. To do this, we will use Batch Production, a really handy feature of Photoshop for applying actions to multiple images.

Start by going to file>automate>batch.

Your action should automatically be selected next to ‘action:’ as it was the last one created. If not, you can easily select it using the drop down list.

Under ‘folder’ select ‘choose’ and select the photo album which you want to apply your texture to.

Step 9:

After clicking ‘OK’ on your batch, you should see the photos in your album open automatically, one by one within Photoshop. You can sit back and watch the textures be automatically applied over each texture and then resaved within your photo album folder. Genius!

Here’s a look at our final textured photos:

Bonus Tip:

Well done on making it this far! You now know how to apply textures to multiple photos and entire photo albums.

If you want you can take this method a step further. Experiment with adding further textures whilst your action is recording. Tweak saturation, levels and other variables. You can make your actions as complex as you want, and achieve some really amazing results!

AND WE’RE DONE

You can view your final outcome below. We hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your feedback on the techniques and outcome.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to take a look at this week’s deal. The texture you have just worked with is a tiny part of the huge texture bundle we’re currently running. Denise from 2 Lil Owls has offered 270 of her best textures, along with a fantastic texture workbook, giving you even more ideas for using your textures in your work. All this for just $20, and a massive 93% off the regular price!

I recommend reading some of the awesome comments below, as they give an idea of how much the Design Cuts community are loving their new textures.

You can preview everything included in the bundle via the link below, although the deal is ending soon, so you’ll need to act quickly to grab them at a 93% discount.

2 Lil Owls Extensive Texture Bundle (270 Beautiful Textures + Bonuses) Just $20

We’re Giving Away an iPad Mini. Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey Design Cutters!

It seemed appropriate to post this today, being thanksgiving and all.

Our second month has drawn to it’s conclusion and we’re still amazed by the incredible Design Cuts community.

We crossed another huge milestone. In our first two months we have collectively saved the Design Cuts community over half a million dollars on top design resources! We never expected to hit this milestone so early, but it’s just a testament to how quality over quantity truly matters.

To celebrate, we’re giving away another awesome prize, by way of saying thank you to you guys.

Our Favourite Community Creation EVER

Just before we get to the goodies, I just had to share what one Design Cutter, Anna Giuntini has created. If you follow us on Facebook you’ll see that we regularly post creations from our community. We have one of the most talented design communities out there, and we love showing off what you’re all working on.

Today I got an email from Anna who said:

“I’ve been very busy, but I couldn’t escape the Christmas mood, so I decided to create an advent calendar for my sons. I prepared 25 little boxes to fill the holes of an old typographer’s drawer, decorated them with patterns and labels i designed using items from the scrapbooker’s selection deal I purchased, and…here it is!”

We’re blown away by this piece. AMAZING work Anna, thanks so much for sending this in. We encourage you to get in touch and send us what you’re working on. It seriously makes our day to see how our deal resources are helping your work.

The iPad Giveaway Details

Today, we’re giving away a brand new iPad Mini (check out the image below). We want this to be an incredible early Christmas present for one lucky Design Cutter.

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment to this post, with an honest suggestion for our team. This can be anything you feel will improve the site, but here are some ideas:

– Suggest some specific design resources that would help you and we’ll try to arrange a suitable deal

– Suggest some new features you’d love to see on the site

– Suggest a new blog series you’d like us to write about

– Suggest any community features you’d like to see on our social media

For example, we’ve had several requests to create an archive for all our tutorials, making them much easier to find. We’ve already begun work on this, and we’ll be announcing the launch of this tutorial archive soon.

We really care about what you think of what we’re building here. We only exist because of you guys, and so your feedback matters to us.

This isn’t some tactic to grow our newsletter list. This is only going out to our current subscribers. This is just our way of giving back to you guys, and is also a fantastic way for your ideas to be heard.

IMPORTANT (but boring) stuff:

– We’ll be announcing the iPad Mini winner Wednesday 4th December. (There will be one winner, selected at random on Wednesday 4th December, 4PM GMT time zone)
– Only one entry/comment per person please
– No Design Cuts staff or family of staff can enter (Darren, I’m looking at you!)

Good luck, and thanks again for an incredible second month!

– Tom, Matt and Darren (The Design Cuts Team aka The Creative Geeks)

PS: Happy thanksgiving! We hope that you’re all spending quality time with your families. We’re truly thankful for all your support, and we’ll continue working as hard as we can to benefit your design work.